Daniel (9) is England champion

Date: Tuesday 18th April 2017

AN Eden youngster won the English national under-11 badminton championship title at Nottingham.

Daniel Kemp, aged nine, of Glassonby, who “lives and breathes badminton”, is a member of Penrith Badminton Club and Cumbria Badminton Performance Centre.

He was “chuffed to bits” to land the national title, and was also pleased to add to his haul a bronze medal gained in the doubles with his partner Akhat Baja, of Essex.

The Langwathby School pupil is the son of construction worker Tim Kemp and teaching assistant Claire Ousby.

He has been playing badminton since the age of five and taken part in tournaments all over England and Scotland. Ranked the number one under-11 player in England, he is now aiming for selection for the England squad, with a view to competing in the European junior championships next season.

Daniel, who either trains for or plays badminton for up to 12 hours a week, is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Lauren Smith, aged 25, of Longtown, who is a senior English national champion. She represented Great Britain at the Olympics in Rio.